All posts tagged: interior design

An Introduction to Project: Bedroom 4

I’m back with a new project to share with you guys this week, at a property you will have probably seen before a fair few times. The Drawing Room – December 2016 Directly above this room is this room: Upper Brook Street Project – May 2017 And directly above this room is this room: Yes, we’re now onto the top floor of this Edwardian home. The homeowners are tackling bedroom four and five, plus what will become the main family bathroom, with a bit of help from me again. Be rude not to eh? Bedroom five, as shown on the floorplan below is kind of done, except for lighting, window dressing and the final faff. So i’ve been asked to help with the finishing touches for that space. More on that room coming in another blog post soon. For today i’m focusing on bedroom four as that space has proved to be slightly more tricky to sort. It’s pretty large but there are plenty of angles in this space with the ceiling being pitched on …

How did I get into Interior Design?

I get a couple of emails a month from people that might have found me via a blog post or an Instagram pic, asking me how I got started. How did I set up Making Spaces with no formal qualifications in design? And in my head, I just kind of go, erm… I just built a website and got started…. but then I have a proper think and find myself asking the same question. One Year Later, October 2015 “I’ve never had “a job”. The concept of “a job” scares the shit out of me. I’ve always been self-employed and been my own boss and worked myself hard. But having the freedom to make creative decisions is something I hold very dear. In fact it’s my air. I genuinely admire people such as my OH that can commit to a full time job, working for someone else. I tried to convince myself that I could do it too, get a sales job in an interiors shop or something, but if i’m honest with myself, I was just …

Equations and Balance

I’m asked a lot of similar questions during a consultation including things like: What colour would you put on the walls? What kind of light fitting? Where will I hang this piece of art? Which is what you’d expect I guess. During the initial consultation I can give some rough ideas as to what, where and why but I can’t say 100% until i’ve pieced together the whole room. Putting a room together is an equation. Or a recipe. Take out a pinch of that and you need to add a touch of this in order to balance everything out. Make sense? For a new project, I always begin by Pinning ideas to a board; overall room concepts, products, surface coverings and some of the more pedestrian stuff like fixtures and fittings. More often than not, I’ll Pin several choices for each item to give the client some wiggle room with the design. That’s the beauty of client-led design, they’re as much as responsible for the room as you are really, we’re just there guiding …

Can you put a price on creativity?

In short, no. No you can’t. But as creative people, we have to, in order to make a living. An artist charges £500 for a painting perhaps, which sounds a lot doesn’t it? But then when you find out it took them a week to create it and cost them £70 in materials (canvas, brushes, paints….) £430 for 40 hours work doesn’t quite sound as good does it? That’s £10.75 p/hr by the way. For someone that’s maybe got a BA in fine art. And 40 hours is always 60 hours, because any creative person starts work as soon as they get out of bed and doesn’t switch off until the lights are out. Even then, the brain continues to whirr and race with ideas. I have been known to solve design dilemmas in my dreams. So even when i’m asleep, i’m working. That’s kind of annoying. But what happens when you work in a service industry and the service you provide isn’t tangible? When the service you provide is a long and lengthy process …

The Interior Design Collective – Launches Today

I’m not going to lie. I can’t concentrate on anything today, it’s ALL about the Interior Design Collective’s official website launch. Everything else, like actual work (and self-care) has to take a back seat. Today's the day! It's really happening…. the Interior Design Collective is officially launching today and our website is now well and truly 'LIVE' (link in bio). Over the last few months Fiona Duke from @fionadukeinteriors and Karen Knox from @makingspacesnet, have been developing the IDC concept and brand aiming to spread the word on accessible, unique and creative interior design and we now have an actual 'community!' – a community of 13 AMAZING designers from all over the UK. So what are you waiting for?? Head on over…… Have a good old look around….. We're ready for you and you're all welcome. Can't wait to hear what you think 😊 . . . . #interiors #interiordesign #interiordesigner #interiordesigninspiration #interiordesigners #interiordesigninspo #interiorstyling #interiorstylist #interiorstylists #interiorstyle #interiorandhome #design #eclecticdecor #interiordesigncollective #eclecticinteriors #website #launch #brand #launchday #creatives #realhomes #mastermind #collaboration #pressrelease #womeninbusiness #community A …

New Project – The Red Room

New project time everyone! Yeah yeah!! This time it’s a 1930’s house that’s recently had a lovely extension across the back. This has given them a light and airy, family friendly, open-plan kitchen-diner. And two sitting rooms. None of which they really like anymore. Including this one, which they admit they never actually use. It’s accumulated bits of furniture over the years, but now it just doesn’t work as a dining room, a living room, a study….  Let’s just say it’s lost its way. Time for a re-design, a new layout and a new purpose. Oh goodie. This room is to become the new family TV room, but in its current set up, it’s really tricky to configure the space so the seating can all get a view of a TV in one of the alcoves. After spending a good few hours playing around with potential layouts, here’s what I came up with. It’s going to be fun. The biggest change we’ve made which completely free-d up the room was to block the original entrance …

Interior Design Collective

Interior Design Collective

I know. It’s been a week since I last posted. And i’m sorry. I think it’s fair to say my head has been well and truly buzzing this week with the amount going on at Making Spaces HQ. Not only have I got a new chunky project on the go (more on that soon), i’ve also launched the Interior Design Collective with the very lovely, and ridiculously talented, Fiona Duke from Fiona Duke Interiors. Say hi to Fiona everyone **waves** So here’s what’s been going on in the background for the last few months…. Fiona and I have been chatting about developing a network of specially selected, freelance Interior Design Creatives. Because, something like this is very much needed right now, and i’ll tell you for why. Interiors is the new fashion for the 30-50 something crowd. Staying in is the new going out. Our homes and surroundings are what we’re spending more of our disposable income these days. And with social media platforms like Instagram, people are sharing their surroundings left right and centre and …

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What is negative space? Lesson 1.

I’ve mentioned this a few times over on Instagram of late, and I thought it was about time I explained what i’m actually going on about. Negative space isn’t a space that’s got “bad vibes, man”. Negative space is a good thing and every room needs it in order to function, to offer visual balance and to zone spaces. Eclectic Living Room Project The chimney breast was left clear, offering the room some negative space to balance out the alcoves, both of which were filled with furniture, mirrors, books and accessories. Positive space = the space that’s taken up with actual “stuff”; furniture, lighting, artwork, accessories…. Negative space = the “empty” space around and in between everything else, more often than not highlighting and showcasing everything next to it. Larry Eeles “The use of equal negative space, as a balance to positive space, in a composition is considered by many as good design. This basic, but often overlooked, principle of design gives the eye a “place to rest,” increasing the appeal of a composition through subtle means.” …

The Drawing Room – Final Reveal

Am so excited to share the final reveal of this project with you. I’ve been working closely with the homeowners for the last five months and i’m kind of wow-ed with the final design. If you’d like to read all about the beginnings then, jump over here for a catch up. Today’s post is all about the final photos and a shopping list for any of you out there that fancy any of these pieces for yourself. Let’s go. Before Here is their large Edwardian front room at the beginning of July this year. These guys had just moved in and were wanting a formal, but statement front room fit for drinks, music and entertaining. After And here it is now. It’s just so cosy isn’t it? In fact, after doing my final hour of faffing and half way through me taking photos, I was desperate for a quick cat nap on the sofa in front of that roaring fire. So nice. Before Everything in the room was going. Apart from the two made.com Ritchie sofas and …

What is interior design?

Well don’t ask me. I’m just making this all up as I go along. But it is something i’ve been asking myself a lot since I started “treading the boards”. Our loft extension starts in two weeks so we've been busy clearing out our loft. Aren't old photos just the best treasure? Here's me, aged 4 in me tutu. I was a dancer in a former life. Trained for 17 years and graduated from the NSCD with a degree in 2000. Life has so many chapters doesn't it? Dance was my biggest chapter to date. A post shared by making spaces (@makingspacesnet) on Sep 4, 2016 at 12:30pm PDT I have no formal training in interiors or design whatsoever. As you may (or not) already know, my background and training is in dance and it went on to be my career as a teacher and project manager until I became a mum nearly four years ago. But. I have learnt A LOT about what it is to be an interior designer since setting up Making …